Lynx get to celebrate Christmas over the Flyers
The Flyers were unable to sustain the pressure in the second half of the pre-Christmas game against the Lynx in Perth, falling to a 10-point loss in what was the battle for second spot on the WNBL ladder.
A tight first half saw the Flyers go into the main break just 2-points down (48-46). It was the third quarter that saw the home team break the game open with a 16-2 run before the Flyers fought back but were still outscored 29-23 for the quarter.
A ten-point deficit at the start of the final quarter was always a big ask and required precision basketball from the Flyers. However, it was not to be, and despite reducing the lead to single figures during the quarter, the Flyers were unable to maintain the pressure to finish the game ten-points down, 95-85.
Turnovers were the issue for the Flyers. 20 turnovers for the game, with the Lynx scoring 30-points from the Flyers turnovers. A positive for the Flyers was the work on the boards with 15 offensive rebounds for the game, providing 24 ‘second chance’ points for the visitors.
Mercedes Russell continued her great form with another 20-points and 12 rebounds, supported by Captain Bec Cole with 19 points and six assists, Nyadiew Puoch added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Lauren Jackson and Leilani Mitchell both missed the game in Perth for family reasons. The game was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday December 20, but was re-scheduled to December 23 due to the resurfacing of the court which was unable to be done in the last few days before Christmas.
While disappointing both were not available to play in the game due to the timing, the decision was made in the best interests of player welfare. While we often hear teams and leagues talk about the importance of the welfare of athletes, it is more than just talk for Southside Flyers. For the Flyers, family and player welfare are a priority and an important part of the culture.
For Lauren and Leilani, the timing of the game was not just about the flights and potential for flight disruptions over the busy Christmas period. Both players would have faced long drives to be with their children and families after overnight flights back from Perth. While it was also difficult for Carley Ernst, she did not have to endure a long drive to be with her family on the return from Perth on Christmas Eve.
The Flyers will have a few days off over Christmas before returning to training and then hitting the road again to player the Lightning in Adelaide on Saturday December 30th.
The Flyers next home game is Wednesday January 6 at the Sate Basketball Centre against Canberra Capitals. Tip off at 7:00pm. Click Here for tickets.